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A chair formerly used to punish offenders, in which a person was tied and exposed to public derision or ducked in water.
(Historical Terms) history a stool to which suspected witches, scolds, etc, were tied and pelted or ducked into water as a punishment. Compare ducking stool
[C13 cucking stol, literally: defecating chair, from cukken to defecate; compare Old Norse kúkr excrement]
cuck′ing stool`(ˈkʌk ɪŋ)
an instrument of punishment consisting of a chair in which an offender was strapped, to be mocked or ducked in water.
[1175–1225; Middle English cucking stol literally, defecating stool]